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“Can't Beat The Price!”
Review of Cairo Opera House

Cairo Opera House
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Ranked #51 of 311 things to do in Cairo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This cultural venue, The National Cultural Centre "Cairo Opera House" is part of the Ministry of Culture and serves as an umbrella organization for all the music or dance companies, galleries, museums and the educational programs of the Cairo Opera House. It was established in 1988 with the inauguration of the new Cairo Opera House. Its goal is to promote the arts of music and dance and to preserve and renew traditional Arab music. In order to be more than just a place where music and art are performed the National Cultural Centre wants to give space to learning and inspiration, to the exchange of ideas, the respect of a common cultural heritage, and a shared passion for the arts. It encourages interest for music and art in the younger generation by offering ballet, voice or instrumental classes for talented children or youths. Performances of ballet, operatic or symphonic works are staged with Egyptian companies or in cooperation with foreign ensembles or soloists. Seminars and cultural conferences covering a wide range of artistic and intellectual issues are held regularly. Opera House companies are frequently sent on tours to different Egyptian governorates to give the people in urban areas the chance to see national and international art performances. In March 1985, Former President Mubarak laid the first corner stone of the new Cairo Opera House which was to be built with the support of JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Careful planning by the Ministry of Culture in Cairo and the JICA produced a design suggestive of traditional Islamic architecture and blending in harmoniously with the surrounding buildings. In October 1988,Former President Mubarak and His Highness, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, the younger brother of the Japanese Emperor, inaugurated the National Cultural Centre “Cairo Opera House” in a remarkable ceremony. It was the first time for Japan to stage a Kabuki show, a traditional popular drama with singing and dancing, in Africa or the Arab World.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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“Can't Beat The Price!”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

You'll find this beautiful opera house directly opposite Tahrir Square going east across the Qasr al-Nil Bridge in the heart of Zamalek - an island in the Nile. Last week my wife and I enjoyed the ballet of Romeo & Juliet. Last fall I saw the opera of Aida. Both experiences were quite pleasant. For just 100 Egyptian Pounds (about $14 USD), you can buy the best seat in the house. Unfortunately, the opera house is not set up to sell tickets via the Internet and I don't think they'll sell tickets over the phone, but I'm not positive about that. I went several days in advance to the ticket window to buy our tickets. The artists, both ballet and orchestra, were professional. The opera last fall was very good, too. It might not be quite on par with other hallmarks like New York or London, but I was sufficiently impressed and pleased with the performances. I was glad that no one was smoking inside at anytime. Some idiots played with their smart phones during the performances and the ushers did nothing to enforce the "no electronics" policy. The seats are a tad bit cramped - I would imagine if you're extra tall or overweight it might not be as comfortable. But it really is a relaxing, beautiful place to visit for a fine evening of entertainment. I would highly recommend if you're spending an extended amount of time in Cairo. For men, jackets and ties are required in the main hall.

Visited June 2014
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Cairo, Egypt
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“A Night To Remember !”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

We went to the opera in the day before the New Year's Eve. We attended the "Nut Cracker" Ballet dance. Everything was perfect. The orchestra was more than SUPERB. The dancing was perfect. You have to go to the opera at least once. There is a schedule full of events every month. Everyone will definitely find something they will enjoy from eastern music to new modern art. Check the opera's website for more details . I highly recommend you to attend a concert for the brilliant Egyptian musician Omar Khairat. Believe me you are not going to regret it.

Visited December 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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“One of the best in Cairo”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Personally I like Cairo Opera House a lot.
I suggest to visit art galleries and museum on the territory of Opera House.There are always new exhibitions of art. The creativity of local people is amazing!Entrance to the galleries is free.
Currently the museum of Opera House is under construction,but some of articles from museum displayed in the building of concert hall on the 2nd floor.
The territory of Opera House is well kept and clean with the classical music on the background.
Big parking for the cars available.
The only minus is no possibility to book tickets for the performances online.

Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois USA & Cairo, Egypt
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“Horrible Customer Service and Ticketing!!!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Really, I must say.... this is the Cairo Opera House.... and for all these years, there is no way to do online ticketing or advance purchasing by credit card or phone? Give me a break. This is really not professional. At the level of it being the one professional venue for most classical, theatrical, professional shows.... how is it possible that they cannot allow the ticketing to be done in any other way than by paying in person in cash. Its' ridiculous. Also, to start buying tickets in advance, ticket sales only go on sale for a particular month when the actual calendar month starts; and even if it starts (like I go on the 1st of the month), it might still not be available yet.


their website is also pretty bad to navigate. For instance, it gives you a calendar schedule, but lots of times it does not tell you who is playing? For the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, it just says on a particular date, "Cairo Symphony Orchestra". And it took me forever to find out the site where the actual pieces are being played that evening. PLEASE MAKE A MORE STRUCTURED WEBSITE THAT IS EASY TO NAVIGATE AND FIND INFORMATION AND ALLOW FOR IMMEDIATE ONLINE BOOKING BY CREDIT CARD - MAKE SURE FOREIGN CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED ALSO ONLINE. I know that means you'll have to get it through a non-Egyptian bank to set it up, but if you want Cairo to become more sophisticated and more open and more international, laws and policies should be changed.

I hope this was helpful.

Visited November 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Beautiful Building and Grounds”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

The Cairo Opera House and the grounds around are stunning! A fantastic evening to listen or view some of Egypt's more European-style performing arts. Tickets are relatively cheap and we walked around the building and there didn't seem to be a bad seat in the main hall.

Visited December 2013
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